The First Sunday in Advent–A New Start

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My name is Mike Buckley.  I’m a permanent deacon in the Archdiocese of Saint Louis.  I’ve been married to my lovely and talented wife, Janet for just over forty-one years.  We have four grown (?) children and two grandchildren.  You will be hearing more about them in the future.  I’m assigned to a small parish in suburban Saint Louis and to a brand new hospital nearby.

I’ve told you a little about who I am.  Now let me tell you who I’m not.  I’m not a theologian.  I’m not a liturgist.  I’m not what you’d call a deep thinker.  There are other sites on the web that fill those needs.  I’m just an ordinary Catholic who has been blessed to be called to fill a special function in the Church.  I try to speak to other ordinary Catholics who may have the same needs or feel the same frustrations as I do.

I’ve been thinking and praying about this blog/podcast for a while.  I think the first Sunday of Advent is a proper time to begin something like this.  So here it is!

This will be an evolving effort, beginning as daily reflections during the Advent and Christmas seasons.  Only time and the Holy Spirit will tell what’s to come but I thank you for joining me. I suspect that, after the Christmas season, it will become a little longer and less frequent.  Your comments on what you’d like to see and hear here would be greatly appreciated.

In today’s Gospel Jesus speaks of the day of His return.  He warns us,

“Beware that your hearts do not become drowsy
from carousing and drunkenness
and the anxieties of daily life,
and that day catch you by surprise like a trap.”

This 2,000-year-old advise couldn’t be more appropriate in 2009, could it?  If it ain’t the eatin’, drinking, and carousin’ that gets us, then it’ll probably be the anxieties of daily life.  Anxiety is so bad for us that we pray at every mass that God will “keep us free from sin and protect us from all anxiety as we wait in joyful hope for the coming of our Savior, Jesus Christ.”

Here’s my suggestion for you during this time of anticipation of the birth of our Lord.  Find yourself a good source of daily reflection for the Advent season and devote a specific time for it each day.  Find a quiet place where you won’t be disturbed and make an appointment with yourself every single day.

That little daily respite from the anxieties in your life may be all you need to enjoy a really blessed Advent season and get you ready for that Holy Night that’s just a few short weeks away.

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One Response

  1. >>>I’ve told you a little about who I am. Now let me tell you who I’m not. I’m not a theologian. I’m not a liturgist.<<<< In all my years being in music for the church (cantor, choral groups, organist, choir
    director) I have found the bext liturgists are the ones who say they are NOT liturgists. I have been doing this since 1971 (music participation)
    and experience has born this out. Msgr Don never claimed to be a "liturgist" but yet he was one of the best I ever worked with.

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